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Eating Horseradish Helps Prevent Cancer

by Barbara Minton
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(The Best Years in Life) Are you a fan of that fiery white condiment known as horseradish? If so, here’s a surprise. This member of the cruciferous vegetable family heads the class for preventing cancer, because it packs up to 10 times more glucosinolates compared to its closest rival which is broccoli, the supposed king of the crucifers. And there is more to horseradish than stopping cancer.

Glucosinolates are sulfur-containing compounds found throughout the cruciferous vegetable family. They are what give this particular vegetable family its uniquely pungent taste and aroma. The hotness of horseradish, wasabi, and mustard is due to glucosinolates.

It has been widely known that glucosinolates are broken down into active compounds such as indoles, nitriles, thiocyanates, and isothiocyanates. Each of these has a range of documented health benefits, with indoles and isothiocyanates leading the way in showing many strong anti-cancer properties in a slew of research studies.

These studies found that glucosinolates increase the liver’s ability to detoxify carcinogens and suppress tumor growth. Although the whole cruciferous family contains some amount of these compounds, the other members can’t hold a candle to the amount found in horseradish.

 

Urbana, Illinois is at the center of horseradish country, where most of the horseradish for the world is produced. At the University of Illinois at Urbana, researchers found that the glucosinolates in horseradish can increase resistance to cancer in humans. One of the studies co-authors, Mosbah Kushad, said, “glucosinolates increase the liver’s ability to detoxify carcinogens and they may actually suppress the growth of existing cancerous tumors.”

In addition, Kushad’s study found that horseradish is one of the few vegetables in which processing increases its medicinal value. According to him, “Horseradish contains an enzyme that breaks down glucosinolates into the compounds that produce the anti-cancer benefits. So processing horseradish actually helps. It releases this enzyme and, when it comes into contact with the glucosinolates, they break down into the compounds that are nutritionally beneficial.

Other research findings have suggested that horseradish and the other cruciferous vegetables have other anti-cancer mechanisms. They found that indoles and isothiocyanates can up-regulate genes that are protective against cancer through a variety of actions. They can help normalize the cell cycle so that any cancerous cells in the body can be restored to normal, at least enough so that it can die on schedule in the process known as apoptosis.
Horseradish treats UTIs and more

Horseradish has antibiotic properties that can be used as a prophylactic treatment for repetitive urinary tract infections (UTIs). In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of an herbal medicinal product made from horseradish and nasturtium, the object was assessing its efficacy and safety. Results indicated that in participants, the mean number of recurrent UTIs during the study period was 0.43 versus 0.77 for the placebo group, a statistically significant outcome. The study authors concluded that their study demonstrated both efficacy and safety for the product in question.

The German Commission E (the equivalent of the FDA) has approved horseradish for use as an adjunct treatment with prescription drugs for UTIs. Compounds in horseradish appear to concentrate urine, helping the delivery of an antibiotic. Horseradish compounds also appear to activate enzymes that help in keeping toxins from accumulating in the urinary tract, a similar action as its protective action in the liver.

Treating sinusitis with horseradish is an age-old remedy. Add lemon juice to prepared horseradish, which is found in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. Forget about using pre-made horseradish sauce from the shelf, because it will contain very little horseradish and a very lot of things you probably wouldn’t want to consume. The real thing is beneficial for dissolving mucous in the head and probably the rest of the body too. Do not eat or drink anything for at least 10 minutes after taking a dose. You can expect sweating and tears.

Horseradish can act like a diuretic to relieve water retention due to its effect on blood capillaries. It is loaded with sulfur, the chemical element that keeps cataracts away and in many cases can heal them. There is a high amount of potassium in horseradish as well, which makes it a great accompaniment to salty foods because potassium is the balancing mineral for sodium.

How to get more horseradish into your diet

One favorite is adding horseradish to extra virgin olive oil and lemon or balsamic vinegar. It really livens up a bunch of fresh vegetables. Use it on grass-fed burgers and sandwiches instead of other condiments. Add it to baked potatoes along with some butter and cheddar cheese. Go ahead and get creative. You’ll probably be glad you did.

See also:

The Best Cancer Fighting and Immune Boosting Food Choices for Beating and Avoiding Cancer

These Five Compounds May Save You from Cancer

The Best Years in Life Cancer Alternatives Resource Page

For more information:

http://news.aces.illinois.edu/news/better-broccoli-enhanced-anti-cancer-benefits-longer-shelf-life
http://nutrition.about.com/od/SuperFoodsSoSuper/f/What-Are-Glucosinolates.htm
http://www.lifeextension.com/magazine/2009/11/Horseradish-Protection-Against-Cancer-And-More/Page-01
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Eur+J+Nutr.+2008+May%3B47(2)%3A73-88
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17723159
http://health.learninginfo.org/horseradish-sauce.htm

About the author:

Barbara is a school psychologist and the author of Dividend Capture, a book on personal finance. She is a breast cancer survivor using bioidentical hormone therapy, and a passionate advocate of natural health with hundreds of articles on many aspects of health and wellness. She is the editor and publisher of AlignLife's Health Secrets Newsletter.

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